Best concerts of 2011
Here are Tribune music critic Greg Kot's favorite concerts from 2011:
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1. Le Butcherettes at Lollapalooza, Aug. 5
Teri Gender Bender, aka Teresa Suarez, wears a red-stained butcher's smock and flings her high-heels into the crowd, the better to stomp, twirl, somersault and stage-dive, while working her three-piece garage-punk band to exhaustion. She assumes a new personality every few lines, her voice toggling between sweet and sinister, joyous and angry. The set's furious pace amid stifling humidity eventually overwhelms drummer Gabe Serbian, who takes a break from his duties mid-set to vomit several times, then returns to pound the kit with more ferocity than ever. An amused Suarez sings his praises: "I love him to death ... to death!"